Brothers win outright thanks to Billy bruising
BROTHERS v EASTS: A masterclass at the crease from Billy Kerr provided Clocktower Hotel Brothers with an ideal springboard into the finals of Clarence River Cricket's GDSC Premier League competition.
Having bowled GDSC Easts out for 100 in the first dig last weekend, Brothers turned their attention to making the most out of the batters' paradise at Ellem Oval and Kerr led the way, compiling an impressive 160.
By stumps on day one Kerr had reached 36, combining with Jack Weatherstone in an unbeaten opening stand of 63. When play resumed Saturday Kerr and Weatherstone picked up where they had left off, piling on the runs before Weatherstone (42) was caught napping and stumped by Easts keeper Brad Knight.
Weatherstone's dismissal slowed Kerr's assault but he soon resumed the attack.
"He was on song on Saturday," Brothers captain Jake Kroehnert said.
"He gave a chance to Easts early on in his innings but then he just cashed in after that.
"He went from 50 to about 150 in no time at the weekend. When Jack got out his scoring rate took a hit but then he was able to find a new set of legs and started hitting fours all over the place."
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Kerr said the deck was cutting around a bit on the opening day but it didn't offer the bowlers anything on Saturday.
"It is probably the best I have gone all season," Kerr said. "I gave a chance last week when I was on about 30-odd but after that I don't think I gave another.
"We have done a fair bit of training this year. We train twice a week and I think that has been a real help to my batting. I am getting a lot more throw-downs in lately."
When Kerr was dismissed Brothers declared at 2-244 and then set about running through a struggling Easts line-up, knocking them over for 101 to seal outright victory.
"We opened the bowling with Andy Kinnane and Jack Weatherstone which was a bit of a change," Kroehnert said. "We need quick wickets and Andy has been bowling well all year.
"It gave a couple of our front-line bowlers a chance to get some overs under their belts before finals. It worked out pretty well."
The result secures Brothers second place on the ladder and a major semi-final date with Harwood at Harwood Oval in two weeks time.
"They beat us when we played them earlier this year," Kerr said. "They will be confident but I think if we all play well we can get them."
GDSC EASTS V BROTHERS
at Ellem Oval
Toss: GDSC Easts
GDSC Easts 1st Innings 100
Brothers 1st Innings
W Kerr c Palmer b N Harris160
J Weatherstone st Knight b Palmer42
J Kroehnert not out26
Extras (7b, 2lb, 6w, 1nb)16
TWO wickets for244
Bowling: C Paine 13-1-49-0, B Shaw 15-4-55-0, B Palmer 15-2-55-1, N Harris 8.4-0-32-1, A Latham 1-1-0-0, C Robertson 2-0-28-0, R Gillett 2-0-16-0.
GDSC Easts 2nd Innings
B Shaw c Kerr b Kinnane0
R Gillett lbw b Weatherstone0
T White c Lucas b Weatherstone3
B Hill b J Weatherstone17
B Knight c Kroehnert b Weatherstone10
C Robertson lbw b Kinnane25
N Harris b Kinnane4
C Paine c Firth b Weatherstone5
M Robins not out26
B Palmer c Newman b McLaren10
FoW: 1-0 (B Shaw), 2-0 (R Gillett), 3-9 (T White), 4-26 (B Knight), 5-33 (B Hill), 6-44 (N Harris), 7-61 (C Paine), 8-71 (C Robertson), 9-101 (B Palmer).
Bowling: A Kinnane 9-1-60-3, J Weatherstone 9-5-13-5, J Newman 4-2-3-0, D Lucas 4-1-10-0, B Jurd 2-0-2-0, T McLaren 2.5-0-7-1, J Kroehnert 2-0-6-0.
Brothers win outright by an innings and 43 runs